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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- More Kentucky counties will transition to new regional driver licensing offices this month, an effort to make the commonwealth compliant with federal Real ID standards. 

To date, 20 regional Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Driver Licensing offices have opened statewide, with more to come.

In the Louisville area, Breckinridge, Jefferson, Meade and Trimble counties will officially switch over to the new regional centers this month. That means drivers in those counties will no longer go to the Circuit Court Clerk's office for a new license. Instead, they'll need to use one of the regional offices or renew online or by mail.

If renewing in person, appointments are encouraged. To find a regional office near you and to schedule an appointment, click here. To figure out which documents you need to have to make the switch, click here.

The state expects to complete the transition to regional offices statewide by the end of June 2022. For a map showing Circuit Clerks offices that have made the change, click here.

In April 2021, the Department of Homeland Security extended the deadline to obtain a Real ID to May 2023 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Real ID cards will be needed for domestic flights once the May 2023 deadline hits. They can also be used to enter federal buildings or military bases. Even after the deadline, travelers can still use military IDs or valid passports for access to flights, federal buildings or military bases. Older IDs will be suitable to allow people to drive, buy liquor or other age-regulated products, and gamble at casinos.

Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005, establishing minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and ID cards following a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission. 

For more information about the switch to Real ID in Kentucky, click here.

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